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In the premiere for the 40th Survivor season, Winners at War, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe pulled Natalie Anderson’s hair during the first challenge. She then took to Twitter to issue a “public apology” for pulling the San Juan del Sur winner’s “pony.”

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Natalie Anderson, Kim Spradlin, Sarah Lacina and Parvati Shallow | Timothy Kuratek

Kim Spradlin-Wolfe and Natalie Anderson returned for ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’

In 2011, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe made her Survivor debut on the 24th season, One World. She played an under the radar game by purposely hiding her physical strength and instead focused on building relationships around camp.

By the merge, the bridal shop owner clearly led the tribe and systematically eliminated the men from the game as a part of an all-female alliance. She then won four out the final five Immunity challenges, and then went on to win the game in a dominating 7-2-0 victory.

Five seasons later, Natalie Anderson debuted on Survivor: San Juan del Sur (Blood vs. Water 2) alongside her twin sister, Nadiya. Because the two previously competed on The Amazing Race, it painted a target on Nadiya’s back, and her tribe promptly voted her out first.

During the game, she displayed her strategic prowess while still building relationships with tribemates. Like Spradlin-Wolfe, the CrossFit coach successfully hid her physical strength and played an under-the-radar game.

However, after the blindside of her closest ally, Jeremy Collins, she swore to avenge him by playing more aggressively and began orchestrating back-to-back blindsides. Her impressive social and strategic game earned her the win in a 5-2-0 vote.

Both women have only competed once before their return for Winners at War.

Kim Spradlin-Wolfe pulled Natalie Anderson’s hair

During the season premiere, the returning winners almost immediately had to compete in a challenge for immunity. In the game, two players from each tribe had to swim out to retrieve a ring, and then swim back to their pole with two contestants from the other tribe trying to intersect them and get the ring back to their pole.

The first player with one hand on the ring and the other on the pole got the point for their team. Spradlin-Wolfe and Sarah Lacina competed for the Dakal tribe against Anderson and Parvati Shallow from Sele.

The CrossFit trainer retrieved the ring first, and when Spradlin-Wolfe attempted to take her down, she pulled Anderson’s hair instead. Then, the 33-year-old yelled at the One World winner to stop, which she did. Because Spradlin-Wolfe ended up winning the challenge, many fans thought she did it on purpose.

Kim Spradlin-Wolfe apologized for pulling Natalie Anderson’s hair

On February 17, Spradlin-Wolfe took to Twitter and gave her “first public (but not first apology)” to Anderson for “pulling” the former champ’s “pony.” She also promised “to never do it again.”

The 33-year-old responded to the bridal shop owner writing, “Awww” and included a red heart. One Twitter follower tried to tell Spradlin-Wolfe that she doesn’t “need to always defend” her “actions publicly,” and the 37-year-old responded by explaining, “sometimes I want to and will.”

Another asked her to publicly apologized for “backstabbing” Amber Mariano by voting her to the Edge of Extinction. The One World winner answered that she met the All-Stars winner two days prior, and “that ship has sailed,” so “it was jump or drown.”

Watch Survivor: Winners at War Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.